Thanksgiving Break 2008 Personal by Joel Wagner - November 26, 2008July 1, 20102 As I’ve written in the past in How Not To Waste Spring Break (or Summer Vacation, or Christmas Break, or Saturday, or Tonight!), I prefer to spend my down time doing things productive. I am fortunate that my school is off for this entire week. So what have I done? Caught up on housework As a single guy, housekeeping just doesn’t seem to find its way to the top of my priority list all the time. This weekend, I caught up on laundry, cleared out some space in my spare bedroom and made it a functional office, completely cleaned the living room, and just got caught up on things that fall behind. Mariachi practice Mariachi has become my life outside of school in a lot of ways. We had three gigs last week and had a rehearsal on Saturday morning. I also had a trumpet sectional on Monday before leaving town to visit my family. All region music I worked with a couple of high school students on their all region music also on Monday. Visit family and friends I spent almost all day yesterday driving to my parents house in the Dallas area. Spent a few hours writing I chronicled the History of Music Education Blogging on Monday. It took a bit longer than I had anticipated, but less time than I had feared. It was good for me to read through so many blogs. What I did not do Take my computer with me I made the conscious decision to leave my laptop at home. This helps me spend time with my family and friends instead of hiding away in my room working on the blog or whatever. In fact, after today, I won’t look at the blog again until I get home this weekend. School work I am doing no school work. No grading, no score study, no listening to our Christmas music. Nothing. Things are going really well in school. Discipline is not a problem, now I just get to sit back and enjoy my time off. What about you? How are you spending the vacation? Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.